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Mzansi celebrities who died before the age of 40

First of all, may their souls continue resting in peace!

From the iconic Brenda Fassie to award-winning rapper AKA, South African celebrities who died before the age of 40.

Let’s dive into celebrity deaths that made headlines.

Mzansi celebrities who died before the age of 40

HHP 1980-2018


Topping the list of South African celebrities who died before age 40 is Jabulani Tsambo – affectionately known as HHP. He took his own life in 2018 after suffering from depression. His last social media post was:

Prokid 1981-2018

Linda Mkhize

Linda Mkhize died in 2018, barely two weeks before HHP took his life. He died from a rare cause of bleeding in the gastrointestinal tract at the age of 37.

Lundi Tyamara

The celebrated Gospel star Lundi Tyamara died after a long batter with stomach TB and liver condition. He died at the age of 38 years.

Shocking celebrity deaths

Mandoza 1978-2016

DJ Cleo and Mandoza

The award-winning Kwaito star Mduduzi Tshabalala died in September 2016. He died at the age of 38 after a long battle with cancer.

Sfiso Ncwane 1979 – 2016

Sfiso Ncwane

Multi-award-winning singer Sfiso Ncwane is also one of the South African celebrities who died before the age 40. The gospel star died at the age of 37 in December 2016 after complications related to kidney failure.

Flabba 1977 – 2015


Nkululeko Habedi – affectionately known as Flabba, was stabbed to death after an altercation with his girlfriend at his mansion in Alexandra in 2015.

Brenda Fassie 1964-2004

Brenda Fassie

The celebrated South African pop legend died in 2004 after an asthma attack that led to heart failure and brain damage. She died aged 39 years. Other celebrities who died before 40 include:

  • Rikhado Makhado ‘Riky Rick’ – 34 years
  • Boitumelo Athiel ‘DJ Dimplez’ Mooi – 30 years
  • Busisiswe Lurayi – 36 years
  • Pearl Shongwe – 35 years
  • Kiernan Jarryd Forbes – 35 years
  • Costantinos Tsobanoglou – 27 years


In other news – Actress Manaka Ranaka gives detailed update on her sister, Dineo’s situation

Generations: The Legacy actress, Manaka Ranaka gave an update on her sister Dineo’s situation, saying she is not yet well. A few days ago, Dineo Ranaka took to Instagram to express how much she had struggled with life issues.

Manaka and Dineo Ranaka

She even went on to say that she felt like committing suicide, leaving many of her fans in shock. Manaka had spoken solid words to her sister in the past hours, encouraging her to be strong. Learn More

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